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DUP's Gregory Campbell to stand down from assembly

Gregory Campbell holds a tub of yoghurt during the 2014 DUP party conference, a reference to controversy over remarks made in the assembly about the Irish language

THE DUP's Gregory Campbell is to stand down from the assembly ahead of new rules preventing double jobbing.

The East Derry representative said he was stepping down as an MLA "with deep regret".

Under legislation, all dual mandates have to cease by the end of this month.

Mr Campbell said he intends to remain at Westminster, rather than the assembly, because withdrawing from the Commons would have prompted a costly by-election.

The 63-year-old, the only remaining politician holding seats in Westminster and Stormont, claimed that "over the course of the past six years, as salaries and allowances have been phased out for those with dual mandates, it is worth noting that I have saved the taxpayer over half a million pounds in that time".

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